Study of Inclusive Urban Campus, Okahandja, Namibia: An Integrated Developmental Approach


Due to the unchecked rapid urbanisation, the inevitable rise in housing demand, and the development of informal settlements in sub-Saharan African countries like Namibia, governments are increasingly concerned about the emergence of cities. Unchecked urbanisation is acknowledged as a threat to sustainable and equitable development given the obvious socioeconomic and environmental challenges that affect infrastructure and services, quality of life, health, and well-being of the populace, as mentioned in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) Number 11. Governments are aware of these massive issues, but they have not yet been able to come up with any long-term, all-encompassing solutions. As a result, there are more unpermitted settlements popping up, there is a housing shortage, there is stress on the infrastructure and services, there is unemployment, and there is urban poverty. Examining the viability of inclusive urban campus (IUC) integrated infrastructure development using Okahandja town is one of the main goals. The specific goal is to look into integrated land-use platforms that address housing, education, community health, and co-creation of work prospects. The research employed an innovative multi-focused workshop technique for data collection with interactive engagement from stakeholders and the community in order to strengthen the bottom-up development strategy. The objectives were to identify the dynamics of integrated development and formal housing delivery in Okahandja, identify policy impediments, and present workable solutions. In the end, it was proven that Dololo could serve as a platform for the IUC project. The IUC concept emphasises community and infrastructure needs for informal commerce, housing, health care, youth centres, cooperatives, roads, and transportation in addition to education, small and medium enterprises (SME), vocational training centres (VTC), and informal trade.

Author(s) Details:

Sampson Umenne,
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Namibia.

Madelein Stoffberg,
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Namibia.

Laudika Kandjinga,
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Namibia.

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Keywords: Urbanization rate, inclusive urban campus development, integrated infrastructure, stakeholder engagement, sustainable housing

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